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Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA

Hi, John. Not to get too dark, but it only makes sense to wait until the draft to sign Lawrence. What if the surgery goes bad? What if he gets hit by a truck? Not trying to be funny, but one never knows what can happen. Why assume a risk when you don't have to? if Trevor is healthy, it seems he'll be the pick.

I think the Jaguars will select Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. That doesn't mean they will do so. That also doesn't mean there's not a lot of evaluation to be done between now and late April. I anticipate there will be legwork, due diligence and many discussions within the Jaguars in the coming months about the No. 1 overall selection because … wait for it … that's what people making decisions such as this are supposed to do. I don't know if the Jaguars will wait until the draft to make their decision known. I suspect they will wait until then, but not because the Jaguars are worried he will get hit by a truck. Or because they are worried about his health. I expect they will wait because there's little reason not to wait. Alas, there are many days between now and April 29. That means much time for nervousness and angst among fans. Hang on. One day at a time.

Biff from Jacksonville, FL

Fellow lover of local beer, does it bother you that some folks are undervaluing the importance of the uniform decision? Fernando Lamas made it very clear how important it is to look good.

It indeed is better to look good than to feel good, but I'm afraid I'm not overly passionate about the uniform conversation. It's just not my thing. I honestly can see the Jaguars warm up on the field before a game, walk upstairs to the press box and not remember what uniform they're wearing. I do know many fans feel passionately about uniforms, and I know many Jaguars fans are ecstatic about the return to teal as the primary color. I'm happy for those people – and I do know they're not undervaluing the uniform decision.

Rob from Jacksonville

The draft is nothing more than an educated roll of the dice. Trevor Lawrence is the must-pick pick, but what are the odds another quarterback in this draft ends up having a better career?


Ed from Danvers

Former General Manager David Caldwell left the Jaguars with a monstrous load of draft picks and the most cap space in the NFL (after the Colts acquired Carson Wentz). He drafted well over the years and was on track to be a solid general manager until the hire of Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations. I, for one, understand why he had to go at this point, but overall I think he got kind of a raw deal.

It's hard to say Caldwell got a raw deal as the Jaguars' general manager. He certainly had opportunities to get things right at times – and didn't get things right enough. But mostly, he never got quarterback right. Whatever the circumstances, it's hard to succeed in the position when that's the case.

Tom from Jacksonville

The reason some fans believe our offensive line is a weakness is because the tackles are average at best. They tend to "complement" each other in a bad way by trading bad plays. One of them needs to get better at least.

I know why fans believe the Jaguars' offensive line is a weakness. I'm not confused by this.

John from Jacksonville

I'm sticking with KOAGF! Not to introduce a conspiracy theory but here goes. Is it possible that some analysts are making other quarterbacks for the upcoming draft suddenly sound more appealing because they are hoping to influence the Jaguars' decision-makers to select someone other than Trevor (so that he will fall to another team they want to see him play for)? It may sound absurd but social media is powerful in subtle manipulation of thoughts. For example, your proclamation of your love for Sbarro kinda made me want a slice.

Your question implies that analysts dislike Jacksonville so much – and love Lawrence so much – that they would talk for months en masse so that another team would be able to select him. Aside from this pretty much being the definition of introducing a conspiracy theory, you're also dramatically overemphasizing the influence analysts have on such things – and you're overthinking how much analysts care about such things. Most analysts I know analyze the topic of the day – the team and player that's interesting most interesting at the moment – and then move onto the next topic and next day. They're trying to do the best they can based on what they know. There's no conspiracy. There are no hidden agendas. They sometimes get things wrong and are sometimes lazy, but they're not out to get Jacksonville – and analysts aren't trying to get the Jaguars to not select Lawrence. The reason the Jaguars are often overlooked, criticized and even insulted by analysts is because they haven't been consistently good in a long time. I'm not saying analysts don't overlook, criticize and insult the Jaguars – and Jacksonville – far more than is necessary. I'm not saying it's not irritating. I'm just saying that if the team had been better over the last decade or so, it wouldn't happen nearly as often.

John from Jacksonville

Hello my favorite (and only) KOAGF. Those who moan and groan about our offensive line will suddenly see how good they really are once we get an effective and possible franchise quarterback behind them. It will be good to reduce the crow population anyway.

This is quite possible. #Cawcaw

Marcus from Jacksonville

I keep hearing talk about the Jaguars trading back to acquire more picks in the draft. How many draft picks is too many? There must be a threshold for the number of first-year players this team can add, right? They drafted 12 last year, which doesn't count running back James Robinson. If you exclude quarterback Jake Luton – who is unlikely to play – and add 11 draft picks this year, that is 23 first- or second-year players. Is it really reasonable to increase that number by trading for more picks? I just don't know where you find the roster spots for that many new players – and to me, it's wasting a pick if there isn't a reasonable chance of getting them on the field. If there are trades involving draft picks, I think it has to be to trade up, or to trade picks for a veteran player. What are your thoughts?

I think the Jaguars likely will trade multiple times, perhaps down and perhaps up. I expect this because General Manager Trent Baalke is known for maneuvering back and forth in the draft to improved draft positioning. I do think there's a good chance that they ultimately will select fewer than 11 players for the reasons you cite.

Nathan from Utah, USA

Zone, I'm gonna mix it up a bit and touch on the offensive line. They may end up top 25 percentile. What an opportunity for any quarterback! To stand behind a line that has been together for-is it four years next season? What Pro Bowl-caliber players might the Jaguars pick up, if any, at the wide receiver, tight end and running back positions to take pressure off the o-line. Miss you Marcedes!

I typically don't expect the Jaguars to sign Pro Bowl players in unrestricted free agency because Pro Bowl players usually aren't available as free agents. That's what made the signing and immediate success of defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback A.J. Bouye so unusual in 2017. I expect the Jaguars to pursue tight end and wide receiver through the draft and free agency – and yes, at least one running back as a complement to Robinson, too.

Steve from Wallingford, CT

I just want to say I'm very hopeful Marcus Williams hits FA and Jags jump all over signing him long term.


Josh from Atlanta, GA

Do you think the salary-cap situation leaguewide is going to have more starter-quality free agents sign one-year deals with the notion they can sign a year later for more money? Injury risk is huge there.

I do think free agency will feature more one-year and short-team deals than usual this offseason. COVID-19 has produced an unprecedented situation in terms of the salary cap and earning potential in the NFL, but that is perceived to be a short-term issue. There is an injury risk involved for players signing short-term free-agent deals. The potential reward likely will outweigh the risk for many.

RG from Middle-Earth

Are there any players on the Jags' current roster who played for Meyer in college?

Left guard Andrew Norwell and defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton both played for Meyer when Meyer was the head coach at Ohio State.

Cliff from Jags4life

Jingle bells, O-Zone smells. Oehser laid an egg.

Yeah, probably.